Julian Green needed just 35 minutes to notch a first-half hat-trick for Bayern München against Inter Milan in Bayern’s 4-1 victory in the International Champions Cup.
Green has stated his intention to remain with Bayern’s first team this season, and performances like Saturday’s certainly will strengthen his case with new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Green’s first goal came just seven minutes into the contest, off the end of a sizzling David Alaba cross.
A comedy of defensive errors around the half-hour mark resulted in Green?s second, a one-timed left-footed shot just inside the far post.
Roughly five minutes later, Green found himself on the sharp end of a beautiful team move. Green appeared to potentially be offside, but the flag stayed down and the American had his hat-trick.
The first-half hat trick has to be compelling for Ancelotti, despite the contest just being a preseason match. It’s worth noting that other than surefire starter Robert Lewandowski, Ancelotti is bereft of natural strikers on his roster. If no late additions come, that’d leave Green and Benko as Bayern’s most likely options behind Lewandowski.
Franck Ribery also found the back of the net for the German champions, while Mauro Icardi scored in the dying embers of the game to help salvage some semblance of pride for Roberto Mancini’s men.